No Kevin Durant, no problem for the Warriors.
With their All-Star small forward still resting an injured knee, the Warriors have had other members of the team step up while compiling a 10-game winning streak. The latest win occurred Friday when Golden State rallied for a 107-98 win over the visiting Rockets.
The Warriors trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter, but outscored Houston 24-13 in the fourth to win their 10th straight and inch closer to claiming the top seed in the Western Conference.
Stephen Curry scored a team-high 24 points with seven rebounds and five assists. Klay Thompson added 20 points and eight rebounds, but the bench came up big for the Warriors at Oracle Arena.
Andre Iguodala scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals, while JaVale McGee scored 13 points with five blocks and four rebounds in just 11 minutes of action.
The Warriors received a total of 49 points off the bench, with all six players shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Even backup guard Ian Clark was draining 3-pointers.
Defensively, the Warriors were excellent, holding the Rockets to 37 percent shooting from the field. James Harden, who scored 17 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists, shot just 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.
The win was crucial for the Warriors (62-14), because it proved the two-time Western Conference champs could win playoff-like games without one of their biggest stars. It should give the rest of the team confidence heading into the real postseason in a couple weeks.